Ofqual chair Amanda Spielman has been approved by the government as the next Ofsted chief inspector.

A Department for Education (DfE) source confirmed that the government had cleared the 55-year-old’s appointment.

Ministers will now wait on agreement from the Commons education select committee for final approval, FE Week understands.

A DfE spokesperson said she was the right sort of person to refocus Ofsted and ensure it makes a difference.

However, the move first reported on in the Times Education Supplement is unlikely to be welcomed in some education circles, as as she has not worked as a teacher before and spent much of her career in corporate finance.

Ms Spielman, who was profiled by our sister paper School’s Week, came up against a number of other high-profile candidates for the post – reportedly including the likes of Russell Hobby, general secretary of heads’ union the NAHT, and Toby Salt, chief executive of the Ormiston Academies Trust.


Here’s Ms Spielman’s CV:


July 2011 – Present Chair Ofqual

June 2011 – Education Advisor, Ark

2005 – 2012 Research and policy director, Ark

2002 – 2004 Consultant

1996 – 2000 Strategy Director, Nomura International

1995 – 1996 Principal, Mercer Management Consulting (Boston)

1993 – 1995, Director, Bridgewater Business Analysis

1986 – 1992, Manager in Corporate Finance, Kleinwort Benson

1982 – 1986, Accountant, KPMG UK (formerly KMG Thomson McLintock)